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Kia Niro EV range, battery & charging

While the Niro EV’s 285-mile range is at the top of its class, it lags behind key rivals when it comes to rapid charging capabilities

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, battery & charging rating

3.5 out of 5

RangeBattery sizeWallbox charge timeRapid charge time
285 miles64.8kWh10hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)45mins (10-80%, 77kW)

Under the metal, the Niro EV isn’t radically different from the e-Niro that came before. The Niro EV doesn’t use the same electric-only underpinnings as Kia’s flagship EV6, as the compact family car is still offered with full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid power as well.

Kia Niro EV range

While the e-Niro was available with either a 39 or 64kWh battery by the end of production, the Niro EV is only being offered with a 64.8kWh battery that feeds a 201bhp electric motor. Range stands at 285 miles, which is slightly more than other compact electric family cars like the MG ZS EV Long Range (271 miles), Smart #1 (273 miles) and Renault Megane E-TECH Electric (280 miles) can manage. We still wish the Niro EV was able to crack the 300-mile barrier, but the car’s 285-mile range is a respectable figure nonetheless – and its range predictions are reliable.

Charge time

The Niro EV’s maximum charging speed is 80kW, which isn’t that much quicker than the old e-Niro’s 77kW. It’s also some way off the 100 or 150kW speeds that are becoming commonplace on new EVs launching these days, but still sufficient for a 10-80% top-up in around 40 minutes.

Plus, if you programme the sat nav to take you to a charger, the car will pre-warm the battery as you approach to ensure the best possible charging speed. If you’re just topping up the Niro EV at home, fully replenishing the 64.8kWh battery from a 7.4kW wallbox will take around ten-and-a-half hours.

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